Colorado River Rapids – Mountain Creek, NJ

This short Doppelmayr platter carries tubes for a water ride but no passengers.
The top station is a standard T-Bar model.
Tower 2.
Drive bullwheel.
Tubes are loaded right from the water near the bottom terminal.
Tower 1.
A carrier with automatic tube unloading.
Tower 3.
Another view of the top terminal.
Tubes automatically drop near the top station. If they don’t, a wire is tripped to stop the lift.

One thought on “Colorado River Rapids – Mountain Creek, NJ

  1. Muni December 21, 2022 / 9:43 pm

    I think this lift may pre-date the “Mountain Creek” rebranding of Action Park. Action Park was notorious for janky rides (mostly water park rides, but also things like go-carts and an alpine slide), and the occasional fatality.

    Colorado River Rapids itself is a custom ‘family’ rapids ride (similar to Teamboat Springs at Blizzard Beach). Unlike most similar rides, it’s made entirely of concrete and built into the side of the mountain (no pre-fab plastic tubes). I believe you’re now required to wear a helmet on the ride, but that was not the case when I was a kid.

    Building a big waterpark into the side of a ski resort is kind of a genius move. You already have a ton of pumping capacity from the snowmaking system. And land for that matter.


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